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Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

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A mother and son were hacked to death in their own home by a man neighbours said was wielding an axe.

Album: Duffy, Endlessly (A&M)

Last seen cycling through a supermarket for the Diet Coke dollar, the Deeside diva has broken off her creative partnership with Bernard Butler and hooked up instead with songwriting legend (and Stroke-dad) Albert Hammond, lending her phlegmy voice to songs about social issues ("Keeping My Baby") and even having a crack at disco ("Lovestruck"), although there are others here that do retain Rockferry's vintage charm.

Album: Duffy, Endlessly (A&M/ Universal)

Co-written and produced with veteran songsmith Albert Hammond, Endlessly does exactly what is required by ratcheting up Duffy's sophistication without sacrificing the immediacy of "Mercy".

The Forward Book of Poetry 2011

The Forward prizes anthology turns in its annual magic trick. Within a few hours of delight and surprise, it makes readers who have backslid on attention to new verse feel in the loop, and up to speed.

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, St David's Hall, Cardiff<br/>Fenech-Soler, Thekla, Bristol

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Love Poems, By Carol Ann Duffy

This life-enhancing harvest of 34 poems reveals Duffy as a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair. From early collections such as Mean Time to a preview of the forthcoming The Bees, the Poet Laureate runs passion's gamut from wild infatuation through absence and infidelity, break-ups, grief and solitude. .

Fires of Faith, By Eamon Duffy

Mary Tudor's reign (1553-1558) is still remembered with a shudder due to the burning of 228 men and 56 women who refused to renounce their protestant faith.

Liz Hoggard: Tough on the causes of cat crime

So where do you stand on Catgate? Should Mary Bale, the Coventry woman who threw four-year-old tabby Lola into a wheelie bin, be strung up? Sectioned? Forced to make a public apology on YouTube (the modern equivalent of the medieval stocks). Or is the public outcry – Bale has received death threats – a massive over-reaction?

Gillian Duffy opens Rochdale constituency office

The grandmother at the centre of Gordon Brown's "bigotgate" election disaster made another foray into politics - in support of his party.

Straw backs Miliband in leadership race

David Miliband's hopes of being elected leader of the Labour Party were boosted yesterday when he was given the backing of Jack Straw.

Theodora: Actress, empress, whore, by Stella Duffy

Powerful consorts have often been trashed by prurient historians, and none more so than Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, wife of the sixth-century ruler, Justinian. Procopius's official work celebrated her piety and courage, but his scurrilous Secret History claimed to reveal her as a former prostitute of unsurpassed greed. A travesty, but Procopius had a novelist's flair for colourful detail: what reader could forget the circus performance with excited geese?

Marc Jacobs to make plus sizes clothing

Marc Jacobs is to become the first major fashion house to make a clothing line catering for women larger than size 14.

Between albums: We won't be right back after this break

Arcade Fire took three years between albums &ndash; and they're not the worst culprits. Fans can forget you, warns Elisa Bray

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Gordon Brown: There <i>is </i>life after No 10

In his first major interview since losing the election, the former Prime Minister tells Christina Patterson why he's thriving as a constituency MP - and happily living without the trappings of power
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